With convenient timing, the media discover the anti-Trumpers aren’t all they were cracked up to be.
Using a political campaign as a vessel for personal financial aggrandizement, thriving on the oxygen supplied by an endless succession of ratings-hungry television hosts, deploying a rare knack for nasty personal and vituperative rhetoric, and in the case of one of them, allegedly indulging a voracious appetite for sexual predation—if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, these guys must have idolized Donald Trump. As with most self-conscious ideologically pure movements in history, they’ve wound up like the revolutionaries in “Animal Farm”: You look from the troughing Trumpers to the guzzling Never Trumpers and find it hard to spot the difference,
The real import of the brief history of the Lincoln Project, though, is not the familiar one of venal political consultants and hypocritical partisans, but the complicity of the media in facilitating their racket. Stories were already circulating last year about some dubious aspects of their enterprise: how much of the money they’d raised was funding their own lucrative businesses; rumors that one of them had a penchant to proposition unsuspecting young men by dangling employment opportunities.
But it wasn’t until last month that news organizations that proclaim themselves pursuers of the truth without fear or favor began to publish damaging stories: the Associated Press weighed in, then the New York Times and others.
The significance is the timing: It wasn’t until the election was over and Joe Biden safely on his way to the presidency that our media vigilantes finally decided it was time to tell the darker side of the people those same vigilantes had bathed in light for so long.